Monday, August 29, 2016

Taking A Walk Around Lexington

Located less that 30 miles north of Port Huron, the Village Of Lexington, Michigan mixes the charm of a small coastal town with the lush greenery of the country. It's a perfect place for those who want to relax at a laid back pace and enjoy the fresh air and beaches, but it's bustling shops, parks, harbors and theater also show that the town is hopping with fun things to do.

We recently took a walk around Lexington, stopped in a few places and enjoyed the day. Here's some of the sights we took in.

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When my kids were little, they always made sure that we stopped at Crazy Joe's Beach Shop before any place else in Lexington. They HAD to say to the hermit crabs, check out the colorful beach gear and, of course get a bright colored shirt to have as wearable souvenir of their visit.  They're a bit older now but it is now a tradition for me to make it my first stop when visiting Lexington in the summer to. Yes, to say hello to the hermit crabs as well as the other things that I already mentioned.

Another thing that we always like to do during a summer day in Lexington is to walk the breakwater of their harbor. First though we decided to stop in at the Lexington Village Pub for a snack and sip.

Located in the building that also houses the Lexington Village Theatre, the Village Pub offers an eclectic mix of eats and drink. It's mix of brick and wood ambience balances the old school small town flavor with a modern flair. The theatre itself has become a destination for music fans of all sorts and has become renown for every seat in the house having a great view and impeccable acoustics.

We then headed east down Huron St. towards Lake Huron. The shoreline features the first harbor of refuge north of Port Huron along with the Windjammer restaurant and Tierney Park which hold a lot of the village's summer events.

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The harbor is protected by a north breakwater roughly 1,900 feet in length and a 700 feet long south breakwater. This breakwater has a walkway so if strolling the whole thing to the end in back gets a person close to a mile done in any walking regiment.

Once reaching the farthest point of the breakwater it is time to take in the vast amount of blue that surrounded us.

Then our feet led us back up to Huron Avenue to check out the many shops that dot the Lexington's downtown area such as Angel's Garden, Weekends, Beatrice, Noble and many more.

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For a couple generations now the Lexington General Store is a must stop for anyone wanting to please a sweet tooth. Of course we stopped in. Not only is the old fashion candy counter a treat, the store also stocks many other specialty food items, cook books, fun gifts and much more.

Michigan is famous for taking a major part in the craft beer movement, with many town both big and small having at least one microbrewery serving up local flavors. Lexington is no exception. Located in the village's one time courthouse, the Lexington Brewing Company and Wine House has eight taps of their in house brews always flowing. It was hard to choose just one to try so the flight option offering a variety of tasty sips.

Their wines have also received many accolades including their Pinot Noir which took the silver medal at the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition in 2012.

If you're looking for a fun day over this Labor Day weekend, don't forget that Thumbfest is happening in Lexington this Saturday, September 3rd. The all-day, all-free bash of music on multiple stages throughout the town of Lexington is a tradition in the village now when it comes to capping off another great summer Whether you're in the mood for Celtic, blues, bluegrass, gypsy , New Orleans brass, Americana, roots, folk and a whole lot more, this event has you covered. There are also workshops, jams, street parties and more, so bring your lawnchair and your friends and family.

To find out more about Lexington and the entire Blue Water Area be sure to Discover The Blue here.

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Riding With The Lady

We recently took a voyage with the Lady. The Huron Lady II river cruise to be exact.  The 1.5 hour cruise takes place in the St. Clair River then goes under the two Blue Water Bridges into Lake Huron.  
Here's some of the sights we saw via our Instagram.

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The tour is narrated and focuses on the history of the area, local sights and the significance of shipping on the Great Lakes. The Huron Lady tour boat is ideal for summertime tours of the Blue Water Area in Port Huron.

Check out more of what you will see on the Huron Lady river cruise here as as well.

To find out more about the Huron Lady cruises visit their website here or call 810-984-1500 for more information.

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Celebrate Our Local Farmers At Harbor Beach's AG Venture Day

The downtown streets of Harbor Beach will be closed this Saturday. Not for construction or roadwork though. It's because all types of agriculture and farm equipment be filling the streets for the public to experience up close and celebrate those that feed us at city's first AG Venture Day.

On AG Venture Day many local farmers and agribusinesses are donating their equipment and time for this event. They're doing it to ensure those in attendance are able to gain an understanding of how the various pieces of equipment operate, and everything it takes to provide a safe and affordable food source.  

The day kicks off with a Farm Fit obstacle course 5K that gets under way at 8am. Competitors will have the option to run a 5K, walk two miles or those looking for that extra fun and intense workout, can treat themselves to the Farm Fit Challenge, a 5K with farm obstacles to maneuver. Plan to get wet, sandy and sweaty on the Farm Fit Challenge course. Registration for it starts at 7am and you can get a form to participate here.

The rest of the day’s activities get underway at 10:00 a.m. and run through 4:00 p.m. Stroll the downtown streets to get up close to the equipment and talk with local farmers. Kid games by the Harbor Beach FFA and Kiddie Tractor Pulls will take place on the Murphy Museum Lawn, while food will be available at the local businesses. Country bands Shotguns and Violins and The Taylor Tucky Band will play sets throughout the day.

Also starting at 10am are the farm tours. Learn about the beef and dairy industry while experiencing the farm and animals first hand. Buses will leave Harbor Beach at 10:00 and 11:00 a.m. and 12:00, 1:00 and 2:00 p.m. for this two-hour round trip to tour a beef farm and robotic dairy farm.

While checking out AG Venture Days be sure to stop in at the Harbor Beach Community Theatre to see the film “Farmland", which spotlights various types of farms and how land is preserved while producing America’s food. This documentary will be showing at 12:00 noon and 2:00 p.m. 

At 1pm there will be a “Mooing Contest.” All ages, young and wise, can give their best “Mooooooo” for a chance to win. There will be three age groups with appropriate prizes presented to the winners.

AG Venture Day will be filled with activities and unique experiences you are sure to enjoy, all free of charge, because of the many supportive sponsors.

Monday, August 8, 2016

Port Huron Is Awesome

Joel Heckaman of the Awesome Mitten was in Port Huron to check out the sights for one of their Mitten Trips this past weekend.

A full article of his adventures will be on their website soon but throughout the weekend both the Awesome Mitten and Joel's own Instagram page posted updates of where he was at. Let's take a look at some of the things he saw.




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Be sure to follow Awesome Mitten on Facebook and Twitter too.  While out on an adventure in the Blue Water Area don't forget to hashtag #DiscoverTheBlue to share your experiences too.

Monday, August 1, 2016

The Blues In The Blue

From the fields of the deep south, dusty back roads and front porches to going electric when it moved to the big city factory shifts and late night barrooms the blues have changed and adapted with the times just as the world has.

This weekend, Sanilac county celebrates this uniquely American musical art form with the 3rd annual Port Sanilac Blues Festival. At 3pm this Friday, the music starts at the Port Sanilac Farmers Market with  Detroit blues great Carl Henry.

Having been called everything from The Human Jukebox to a long and tall with a voice beckoning from the deep bottom land, Carl's deep roots sounds has gotten him nominated for several Detroit Music Awards including outstanding acoustic performer in 2014.

At 4pm that afternoon, the things heat up with the festival itself opening at Harbor Park with a beer tent stocked with a lot of great Michigan craft beers. Vendors tents selling a wide variety of food, souvenirs, art work and crafts open at 5pm.

At 6pm, the music on the main stage starts with youngsters (we're talking kids between the ages of 12 to 15) Red Herring. After they get the crowd warmed up, Roadside Rick & the Breakdowns turn up the boogie heat at 7:30 pm.

As one of the Blue Water Area's favorite blues bands, Rick and his gang know how to make any place, be it a nite club or an outdoor concert, feeling like a house party.

Speaking of a house party vibe and a Friday night, there aren't many others who can get the place rockin' like Detroit's Howling Diablos.

Since their formation in the 90’s the Howling Diablos have shared a stage with the likes George Clinton’s Parliament Funkadelic, The J. Geils Band, Alice Cooper, Albert Collins, Hank Williams Jr, NRBQ, Incubus, The James Gang and many more. With eight albums under their belt as well as collaborations with Kid Rock, RL Burnside and Nathaniel Mayer as feathers in their cap, The Howling Diablos rockin' & funky blues sound has made them a Detroit institution. They hit the stage at 9:30 and close out the first night of the festival. 

Even before the music starts on Saturday,. there's still plenty happening in Port Sanilac in the morning. The Lighthouse Fun Run starts at 9 and the Civil War Weekend is happening at the Sanilac County Historical Museum and Village. Music starts with the funky blues and soul of the Chris Canas Band at noon.

Sweet Willie Tea has to sit down when he plays the blues. That's because he's laying down delta-style sounds on a wide range of old timey instruments with his hands and playing drums with his feet! He plays at 2pm. The rockin' blues with attitude from The Alligators, the soulful moods of Bobby Murray with Lenny and Tosha and a super session hosted by the Pazman keep the blues coming as the afternoon glides into evening

At 9:30, headliners Kenny Parker Band featuring Jimmy McCarty take the stage. Any fan of classic Detroit Rock-n-Roll will recognize Jimmy's name. As the six string slinger in Mitch Ryder and the Detroit Wheels, The Rockets and Cactus he's made his name indelible when taking about dudes who set the bar for guitar heroes in the Motor City.

Grab a lawn chair, bring a blanket and let the blues wash over you along the shores of Lake Huron this weekend.  Find out more about what is happening in the Blue Water Area at our events page.